Today is 11 November, or Remembrance Day, a day which commemorates the anniversary of the armistice which marked the end of the First World War in 1918.
The occasion, also known as Poppy Day, also gives people the opportunity to remember all those who died in the war, and during other conflicts that followed it.
Respectful and reflective tone withstanding, the day hasn’t stopped some brands and businesses from selling some... shall we say... unusual merch and memorabilia to commemorate the occasion.
From giving us the opportunity to wear war-themed thongs to poppy ice cream, it’s the way of life our troops fought to preserve (maybe) so here’s a look at eight of the more bizarre items that have graced our shops in the last few years.
Babe, are you ok? You've barely worn your Remembrance thong. https://t.co/YdN0hOxv1d
— Karen Hobbs BA (Hons) (@Karen Hobbs BA (Hons))
Popular crime drama Peaky Blinders follows a family adjusting to life after WW1 so what better way to honour the real troops from that war than by getting a Blinders themed pin? The badge, which can be purchased from small badge making business The Brummie Badgeman, costs £4.99.
babe are you ok?? you’ve barely touched your remembrance sunday pizza https://t.co/nuqrAfEp9g
All this remembrancing is sure to work up an appetite so thank goodness for this remembrance pizza, which uses pepperoni, olives and green peppers to make delightful little poppies to munch on.
The “poppy pizza” was spotted by one eager-eyed social media user this year who said the picture was taken in a north London Aldi and it duly went viral. The chain has since denied that it is one of theirs.
It is not the first time a supermarket has cooked up such a treat. In 2014, the Tesco Gatwick Extra in Horley, Surrey used the same ingredients to create a meaty war-themed feast.
At the time Tesco said: “Colleagues in stores have been marking Remembrance Sunday in a number of ways and we hope customers see that their intentions in this case were entirely borne out of respect.”
@karen_hobbs @TheShamrock1888 I'll put it on after my poppy pizza.😗 https://t.co/qS8l7Hx8IG
The actual Royal British Legion decided the best way to support veterans this year was by flogging a bottle of rum in the shape of a grenade.
Like a grenade, lucky owners of the rum have to remove an actual pin to open it – which doesn’t sound like it could trigger PTSD at all.
It has since mysteriously been removed from the charity’s website.
A cafe in Manchester is honouring troops by selling a remembrance themed cappu – sorry – HEROccino to its customers.
Say what you like, there’s no denying that’s some impressive latte art and a caffeine fuelled adrenaline and dopamine rush will surely mimic what it’s like in the trenches.
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Lest you forget to save a ball during a football game, football glove company sold an emotional pair of mitts in 2019 for a mere £39.99.
In 1914, troops in the war had a temporary Christmas Day truce in which they played football and exchanged gifts so it is a real crying shame this product wasn’t available then.
So there you have it. You can observe as many two minute silences as you like, but if you really want to respect those who have fought in the wars, it’s time to slip into your finest poppy thong, sling a pizza in the oven, fill up your shot glasses with weapon resembling rum and save some space for an ice cream after.
This is the freedom soldiers fought for. Enjoy it. Dulce et decorum est pro TATria mori.
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